PATHÉ BOARDS SUFFRAGETTE STARRING CAREY MULLIGAN
London, 24th October 2013
Pathé is delighted to announce that it will partner with Film4 and the BFI on Ruby Film’s SUFFRAGETTE. The film starts principal photography in February 2014.
BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated actress Carey Mulligan (An Education, Shame, Drive, The Great Gatsby) will play the lead role of MAUD.
SUFFRAGETTE was written by BAFTA and Emmy winning Abi Morgan (Brick Lane, Shame, The Iron Lady, The Invisible Woman) and will be directed by Sarah Gavron (This Little Life, Brick Lane). The film will be produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen (Brick Lane, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr Banks) and Executive Produced by Film4’s Katherine Butler and Pathé’s Cameron McCracken. Chris Collins is lead executive for the BFI Film Fund.
SUFFRAGETTE is a thrilling drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. MAUD was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
Pathé will distribute the film in the UK and France and will handle International Sales
For further information contact:
Sophie Glover, Head of Publicity, Pathé UK
Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7462 4415
Pathé operates as a fully integrated studio and has a presence in France, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It is involved in all aspects of filmmaking, from development and production through to international sales, distribution and exhibition.
Films produced/distributed by Pathé range from THE QUEEN to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and from THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY to THE IRON LADY. Upcoming releases include Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA (starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan) and Justin Chadwick’s MANDELA (starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris).
Pathé International handles the international marketing and sales of Pathé’s own productions and also acquires third party films for worldwide representation. As one of Europe’s leading sales agents, Pathé International has a significant presence at all major film markets and festivals.
Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, films like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, Steve McQueen’s Hunger and Shame, Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Joe Cornish’s Attack The Block, Lone Scherfig’s One Day, Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady and Ben Palmer’s The Inbetweeners Movie.
Recent releases include Roger Michell’s Le Week-End, Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Sophie Fiennes’s The Pervert’s Guide to Idelogy, Shane Meadows’ The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love, Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, Walter Salles’ On the Road, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.
Upcoming releases include Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming, Mike Leigh’s Untitled Turner Project, Lone Sherfig’s Posh, Jimmy’s Hall from Ken Loach, and an adaptation of Le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn.
For further information visit www.film4.com/productions
BFI FILM FUND
With over £26m to invest in 2013, the BFI Film Fund is the UK's largest public investor in film - supporting first-class film-making through development and production, to distribution and international sales.
Recent and upcoming films backed by the BFI Film Fund include Yann Demange’s 71, Declan Lowney’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Amma Asante’s Belle, Duane Hopkins’ Bypass, John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, James Griffiths’ Cuban Fury, Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Peter Strckland’s The Duke Of Burgundy, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Destiny Ekaragha’s Gone Too Far, Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Beeban Kidron’s INREALLIFE, Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days On Mars, Roger Michell’s Le Week-End, Jon Wright’s Our Robot Overlords, Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Lone Scherfig’s Posh, Matthew Warchus’ Pride, Dexter Fletcher’s Sunshine on Leith, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Morgan Matthews’ X Plus Y.
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
- Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
- Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for
- today and future generations
- Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
- Promoting British film and talent to the world
- Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
Ruby Film and Television, headed by Academy® nominated Alison Owen and Faye Ward, is one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. Producing award winning and critically acclaimed films and television for over a decade, Ruby has maintained a reputation for producing high quality original British work.
Ruby’s latest feature, Saving Mr Banks for Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lee Hancock (Blindside) and written by Kelly Marcel it stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as author P.L.Travers. The film tells the emotional and heartfelt journey behind the Making of Disney’s beloved classic Mary Poppins.
Most recent films include: Moira Buffini’s screen adaptation of Charlotte Brönte’s classic Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench, Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe (Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2010 - Out of Competition) adapted by Moira Buffini from Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel. Other features include The Other Boleyn Girl starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana, Toast Starring by Helena Bonham Carter, Five Minutes Of Heaven starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbit And Brick Lane directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan.
Recent Television credits include: Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing On the Edge, a thrilling drama that follows the trials of a black Jazz Band in 1930s London, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Jacqueline Bisset and John Goodman, Case Histories starring Jason Isaacs; Temple Grandin for HBO with lead Claire Danes, which went on to win a Golden Globe And 7 Emmy® awards; and BAFTA nominated Small Island written by Paula Milne which went on to win an International Emmy ® for Best TV Movie/Mini-°©‐Series.